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Meaning and name origin

Robert \r(o)-be-rt\ as a boy's name is pronounced RAH-bert. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Robert is "bright fame". A favorite name for boys since the Middle Ages. Especially favored by the Scots due to 14th-century King Robert the Bruce and to poet Robert Burns. Name of an 11th-century Duke of Normandy who was also a Crusader. Roberto is a Latin form of the name. Senator Robert Kennedy; poet Robert Burns; actors Robert DeNiro, Robert Duvall, Rob Schneider; author Robert Lawson; General Robert E. Lee; author Robert Ludlum; baseball players Roberto Alomar, Roberto Clemente.


Robert has 30 variant forms: Bert, Bertie, Bob, Bobbie, Bobby, Rab, Rabbie, Riobard, Rip, Rob, Roban, Robb, Robben, Robbie, Robbin, Robbins, Robbinson, Robby, Robers, Roberto, Robertson, Robi, Robin, Robinson, Robson, Robyn, Robynson, Rupert, Ruperto and Ruprecht.

For more information, see also related boy names Bo, Dobbs, Hobbes and Hopkins.

There are 2 feminine forms of Robert: Roberta and Robin.


Robert is a very popular first name for males (#3 out of 1220, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#2533 out of 88799, Top 3%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Robert for boys. Robert reached its highest rank of #1 in the U.S. in 1930-1939. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Robert name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Robert outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Robert and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Robert (#61), Roberto (#343), Bruce (#401), Bo (#638), Bobby (#752), Robby, Rupert, Robin, Robbie, Rob, Bertie, Bob, Bobbie, Bert and Robb. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Bert, Bertie, Bo, Bob, Bobbie, Bobby, Bruce, Rob, Robb, Robbie in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Robby, Robert, Roberto, Robin, Rupert in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bobby, Robbie, Robert, Robin outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Hobert and Roxbert. These names tend to be less commonly used than Robert.